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Ferntop Nature School presents

ferntop players

With play and ecology at the heart of this theatre program, children will use the inspiring outdoor spaces of Ferntop as a stage to act out storybooks, fables and their own collaborative tales. Homeschool students, ages 6-10, will explore the creative process of putting on a theatrical production from audition to opening curtain and everything in between!
Putting on a show isn’t just for the performer; there is a need for every child’s own unique and creative gifts. Through theater games and production rehearsals, students will collaborate to fulfill the needs of set and prop building, painting, puppet making, make-up design, stage management, advertisement, acting, and when applicable, singing and dancing. Come and learn to play in a whole new way!

Our goal is to create meaningful projects and theatrical productions that open children’s eyes and hearts to the wonders of the natural world.



9:30 am - 12:00 pm

$200/month - $1,800/year

September - May

2023-24  ENROLLMENT:
Learn about our application process here
2023-24  ENROLLMENT:
There are limited spaces available for this program.  The first step is to bring your child for a Family Visit! 

Our Director:

Tess Robinson began performing in elementary school, and by the time she was in middle school, she knew that the stage was where she wanted to spend her time. She began formal vocal training at the age of 11, and over the course of the following 6 years, performed in elite choirs, and many school and community theater productions. She performed weekly as a member of the Worship Band for her church. As part of her high school choir, she performed in Carnegie Hall, as well as Jamestown, Virginia, where she performed for the President and First Lady. 
After high school, Tess took a theater internship at a local community theater. During the day, she would help build the sets, learn light design, paint design, costume design, box office management, and travel to perform for elementary schools in the area. In the evenings, she would rehearse and perform in all of the productions. She also taught Beginner’s Voice for the Children’s Conservatory that was housed in the theater. After her internship, Tess got to experience running her own small theater program as director of a high school drama club, and assistant/co-directed productions for her former middle school.Tess had training through Musikgarten, a well-known music and movement curriculum, and also teaches at Ferntop for summer camps, and leads the Mommy & Me Sing + Play program. She is excited to use her experiences both onstage and off as Director of the Ferntop Players! 
Tess little women

Mrs. Tess in Little Women

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